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What's Your Weight Story? Here's Mine.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Answer "What's your weight story" with these questions! Feel free to respond on your own blog.

1.) How old are you? I am 44 years young.

2.) How long have you been overweight, obese, or unfit? I was thin until I went to college. I think I gained the Freshman 30 instead of Freshman 15. I did get that weight off, though. At least most of it. My real struggle started when I got married. DH loved to eat, and I loved to cook. We both gained quite a bit of weight those first few years of marriage. Then came DD #1. I gained 50 pounds and kept most of them. DD #2 added to my weight. I was obese for several years (youngest DD is now 12).

3.) What made you decide to get healthy?
I decided almost daily that I was going to get healthy. It just didn't usually last longer than a few days. But, last fall DH caved and decided to build a pool. Was I ever motivated?! I found SP about a month after we started construction, and DH decided that having his wife tied to the kitchen cooking for 7 men daily, and sometimes as many as 12 people, was just a little too much. Too much work, too much time, and too much money. He built a break room for the guys, and they are on their own for meals now. No more huge lunches and desserts every day. I have time to exercise! (At least when I am not in the field.)

As for the pool, I even bought a two piece late this summer! DD had her volleyball team over last night, and I have to say that I looked better than a few of those high schoolers! (Not that it takes much these days, but I was still proud and didn't hesitate to walk around without my coverup.)

4.) Has anyone ever made rude/mean comments to you about how you look?
Yes, it is a long story, but a jerk who was supposed to be a friend made the comment that he wondered "who that short, fat chick was going in and out of his house." It was in front of a lot of people, and when DH found out about it he was fighting mad. The guy and his wife are divorced now, but I saw Jerk at the youth fair this summer. AND I served him a pork plate at our picnic this weekend. I wanted to say, "Hey, I'm not short and fat anymore, but you are still a d#*k."

5.) What do you hate the most about your current/starting size?
Current size: I wish my tummy was flat again. And I don't like the size of my thighs, but they are better than before!

Starting size: OMG my butt was big! And when I bent over sideways, my skin on my waist would make a roll. I have never had rolls on my torso, and it grossed me out.

6.) What was your favorite unhealthy food before?
Ok, this could be a book. I loved chips (still do), pizza (still do), Velveeta/Rotel cheese dip with chips (still do). You get the picture. Loved eating fries at any fast food place, Sonic onion rings, Sonic Blasts. I was most definitely a binge eater.

7.) What's some of your favorite healthy foods now?
Now? I am really into the Clif Oatmeal Raisin Walnut bars for breakfast. I enjoy chicken, greek yogurt, salads, AND McDonald's ice cream cones. lol

8.) What is the hardest part of this journey?
Several things, really. Mixing up my food. I think I am in a rut. There is only so much you can do with chicken breasts. I do love them, though.

Getting my cardio in can be a challenge if I don't do it in the morning. Also, I have not done any ST for months. Thought about it really hard yesterday. Hope to do some today!

9.) What does your workout regime consist of?
I spend time on my ellipti-kill and dreadmill. The EM is my calorie burner, and the TM is to give my feet a break because they go to sleep on me while on the EM. I use a Garmin 405CX with a HR band to figure my calorie burn. Spark People estimates on calorie burn are out of line.

10.) What do you want everyone to know about you?
I weigh almost all food I log, unless it comes in preportioned containers. Have you seen what 3 cups of romaine really looks like? It is 85 grams, and you would have to pack that stuff in there to get 3 cups. And how do I know my "cup" of melon is the same as your "cup?" Almost every food item on SP can be logged in grams, and the nutrition labels list everything in grams, as well. I love my digital scale

Now it's your turn............let's hear your "story"
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    This was fun to read - thanks for sharing. I had started to read it one day at work and never finished - glad I didn't delete it! We have a mutual love for Velvetta/Rotel and chips... OMG! We have a lot in common actually. DH wants to get a pool for next year and I'm already thinking I better get toned up and lose these last 10 pounds for that! LOL Plus we've talked about the binge-thing.

    Hope your week is going well (no hot dogs, right?).

    I'm still not quite fully "on the wagon" yet - I'm kinda feeling like one leg is on there and I'm pulling hard to get the other one up but it keeps dragging behind me... know what I mean?
    2430 days ago
    Great blog!
    2431 days ago
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    2432 days ago
    Wow. Thanks so much for sharing your story. You are one awesome lady :)

    2432 days ago
    What I want to know is, what brand digital scale do you have? I need a new scale!
    2434 days ago
    Great blog! Your snowy background makes me feel great, because of the snow and because I'm a farm chick too.
    2436 days ago
    wow an awesome blog. You are an inspiration to me. God Bless!!! Huggggs, Katie
    2436 days ago
    I am sitting here inside in 72 degree cooled house...but outside it is 100! I love the snow in your picture! Brings back memories of WI on the farm in the winter...not our farm. Congrats on where you are in your journey. I agree with you about the much easier to measure. Stay with it! emoticon
    2436 days ago
  • TERESA159
    Rocking a two-piece!!!! WTG. I still think you should get a bike and ride around on the roads on the farm, bet you've got miles of them. I love how you ADMIT you like Velveeta, most people won't even admit eating that stuff. LOL Know what you mean about the food rut, I need to find some more good recipes! It's cool to fix something and know it's healthy and low-cal AND yummy.
    Bet your hubby digs that new swim suit.
    2436 days ago
  • CHAR1970
    Thanks for sharing!
    2436 days ago
    I want to punch that jerk in the face. Why do people say stupid crap like that? When my kids graduated, the entire family came. My ex stepson (from divorce) and his wife are both very obese. He was a lanky teenager. He said hi to my dad and my dad said "Oh hey I didn't recognize you. You look like you blew up or something". I was mortified. But that's my dad. I've blogged about the stupid crap he says. Some people have no filter. They blurt out every thought in their head.

    I'm so proud of everything you have accomplished. Weightloss and fitness are so empowering! Strutting around in a 2-piece... total awesomeness!! Keep going, girl. I'm trying to keep up with you.
    2436 days ago
    Great to learn a little more about you.

    Thanks for sharing.

    BTW, your line about the guy with the pork plate made me laugh out loud.
    2436 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2011 12:18:53 PM
    I THOUROUGHLY ENJOYED reading this! Love the details and makes me feel like I get to KNOW you better! YOU are awesome....
    2436 days ago
    First of all I need to say again how much I love your picture. You are beautiful and he is a lucky guy. Thanks for sharing your story - and the reminder about measuring/weighing! And congrats on the bathing suit triumph!!
    2436 days ago
    Keep going. Sounds like you're right on track!
    2436 days ago
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